What your mattress is hiding from you...
Did you know that synthetic mattresses release harmful substances? Now you can find out everything you need to know about what pollutes your nights!
Have you ever noticed the smell of a new mattress? There is often a smell that seems toxic, in some cases it is simply the smell of the plastic that wraps the mattress, in this case this smell disappears quickly by opening the window of your room, but when the smell persists you can be sure that it is harmful substances contained in the mattress.
Most mattresses undergo various treatments to protect them from humidity or fire, the ticking is often treated against bacteria and against dust mites, a treatment that is meant to be reassuring but which is nothing more than an insecticide!
In addition, some mattresses are made of synthetic latex, various petrochemical materials and glues, these materials contain VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) that pollute the air in your room and especially the air in your bedroom, so you breathe in these toxic substances every night!
What about antibacterial treatments?
To prevent the proliferation of bacteria and dust mites, mattresses are treated with chemicals. Most manufacturers use formaldehyde or methanal, a VOC known for its harmful effects on health. These toxic products are also found in glues. Prolonged contact with these toxic products can cause mucous membrane irritation, headaches and allergies.
What about fireproofing treatment?
To avoid the risk of fire, mattresses are treated with BFRs (brominated flame retardants). Some animal studies have been carried out and have shown that these compounds act as endocrine disruptors. They are suspected of being responsible for hypothyroidism and disorders of the developing nervous system (autism, hyperactivity, attention deficit, behavioural disorders...).
Knowing that we spend about 7 hours a night in our bed, during all this time we are in direct contact with these pollutants. It is also important to know that when we lie on a mattress, the body temperature, humidity and the concentration of carbon dioxide released while breathing will increase the rate of VOC emissions into the air. The same is true for babies and children, who not only often sweat a lot during the night, but also spend much more time on their mattress.
How to choose a non-toxic mattress?
Above all, it is important to give preference to mattresses made of natural materials and above all choose a brand that does not use chemical treatment and that has obtained Oekotex certification.
To fight against dust mites, which is more effective and less harmful than any chemical treatment, choose a removable mattress cover and machine wash the cover. Regular washing is an effective way to fight against the proliferation of dust mites and bacteria in a completely natural way!